John Galliano in Interview magazine, a special London profile written by Caroline Reynolds Milbank. Bottom two photos by David La Chapelle.
John Galliano claims his favorite designer is Vionnet, whose world renowned prowess with inventive cutting pays homage to in such designs that, when buttoned and laid flat, forms an L-Shape, but that, when unbuttoned, hangs gracefully on the body. Galliano was born in 1962 and graduated with first-class honors from St. Martin’s College of Art, where his thesis collection was such a success that several pieces went into production. Since 1984 he’s had his own label, backed by Peder Bertelson, showing collections with names (and themes) such as “Les Incroyables,” “Ludic Games,” “Fallen Angels,” and “Forgotten Innocents.” He always works by draping fabric on the body, saying that “it’s almost sad” for a designer to be so removed from the figure that he designs by drawing on paper.